Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 23 - Page 55

FEATURE: CABLING STANDARDS OSAMA ABED, TECHNICAL MANAGER (GULF, MIDDLE EAST, EAST AND SOUTH AFRICA), NEXANS CABLING SOLUTIONS developments and proposals for cabling standards and we develop new products based on that. Hence, our experts are in a good position to give customers the best advice and plans suited for their current and future needs. What and why is the recommended category of cabling required to meet modern standards? As cabling dictates how fast a network can operate, is there a particular standard those installing cabling infrastructure should look for in terms of speed? Cabling infrastructures are installed to allow the connectivity between systems, and the cabling categories in copper, and grades in fibre optics, are chosen based on the required connectivity speed. For example, Category-6 in copper cabling is sufficient to operate the speed of 1Gbps, while for higher speeds up to 10Gbps require Category-6A cabling. In fibre optics, speed is related to the maximum distance of operation required, and both parameters dictate the minimum fibre optics grade to be used. The speeds and reaches for both copper and fibre optics cabling are governed by the structured cabling standards, which are well defined in terms of operational speed and maximum reach distances. The latest standards development needs to be considered in the planning and design of the project to ensure that the final project implementation will not only support the current applications requirements but also be able to accommodate the latest emerging technologies. If organisations neglect the latest standards today, they may be investing in an outdated technology, which will become even more outdated once new applications evolve. So, staying up to date at the project planning stage is a must to ensure that their investment will last for a very long period and be able to support future technologies. What is the best way for those wishing to install new cabling infrastructure to judge the standard of its reliability? How can those looking to install new cabling infrastructure ensure that their cabling meets future standards? 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